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Day 2 - Central London Walk-About

Big Ben & Parliament -> South Embankment Walk -> London Eye -> Trafalgar Square -> Art Gallery -> Admiralty Arch -> The Mall -> St James Park -> Churchill War Rooms -> Westminster Abbey

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Took the tube to Westminster. Stepped out of the tube station and looked straight up at Big Ben.
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Since I decided to get an early start, I was mixing it up with the suits and locals in rush hour. I crossed the road to Parliament and got swept along in the throng of people intent on getting to work. Walked along the city side of Parliament for a bit, managed to take a photo of one of the coppers holding a sub-machine gun.

At the southern end of Parliament, I found a little park on the embankment. Took a walk to the next bridge and crossed over to the south side of the Thames.
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Crossing the bridge I was really starting to regret my choice of attire. The early morning breeze cut right through my fleecy top.
So far I was the only person I had seen wearing shorts. Most people still dressed up for winter. Just about every second person was sneezing and coughing, is this a British condition? They all seem sick. Must be the climate.

South Embankment walk to Westminster Bridge and The London Eye

This is a nice walk, plenty of good vantage points to take pictures of Parliament.
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When I got to the bridge, unfortunately, maintenance workers had the pedestrian walkway under the bridge blocked off. Crossed the road and took a parallel road as far as the London Eye. Crossed back over the Thames on the Hungerford Bridge. Some nice views Down the river here of Parliament, Big Ben and The London Eye.
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Trafalgar Square and The Art Gallery

Walked up Northumberland Avenue (Reminding me here of the many games of Monopoly) to Trafalgar Square. On the way I spotted the "Sherlock Holmes Pub"
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Trafalgar Square is a great place. Full of tourists of course. Nelsons Column is larger than I thought.
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Lots to see here. Also a few street performers. There was even a local with two birds of prey.
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There are no photos of the Art Gallery, as they do not allow anyone to take pictures. Well worth having a look. There are hundreds of classic paintings. Even for someone such as myself who really has no appreciation for the arts, it was time well spent.

Admiralty Arch, The Mall & St James Park

Next I took a walk through the Admiralty Arch to St James Park. Took a seat at a park bench and had my lunch. The park is really nice.
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Churchill War Rooms

Walked through St James Park and found my way to the Churchill War Rooms. This is the underground base of British leadership operations during WW2. Most of the complex is exactly as it was at the end of the war. Many of the rooms have been augmented with lifelike mannequins.
For WW2 buffs or those who just interested in this pivotal period of history, this is a must do. For myself, growing up some 20 years after the end of the war, I felt a real connection here.
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Westminster Abbey

Very nice place to visit. Unfortunately, my camera battery died, and silly me forgot to bring the spare. Feeling a little tired, I thought it was time to call it a day.

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Day 1 - Flight over and Museum Of London

London turned of a great spring day

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For the first day, the weather was great. Warm and sunny.
The hotel is in Bayswater, not far from the centre of London.

In the street there is a whole run of cafe's and restaurant's, Italian, Lebanese, Mexican, Maccas, well , everything.
The tube station is about 150m from the hotel, real handy.
The London Underground - what can I say: just so easy. And regular.
It does help having a mobile phone app called Citymapper. Tells me which trains to take, how many stops, and where to change trains, where to walk and how long each bit takes. It even shows your position on the map, so when your legging it, you know just where you are.

Decided to pay the British Museum a visit. WOW. So many ancient artefacts. Even the museum building itself is impressive and worth a trip in itself.

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This is a bust of me, well not really, but my middle name is Alexander
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Some poor fellas resting place. Wouldn't want to be a pull bearer for his funeral
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